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Monday 02/18/2019
Talking tough versus being tough
Posted: February 18, 2019

Talking tough and being tough are two very different things.

Posted in Blogs on Monday, February 18, 2019 4:29 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 02/15/2019
One more fix to the bridge story
Posted: February 15, 2019

A week ago this newspaper ran a front-page article about proposed H-GAC projects and the public hearing about them held in Liberty. The day the paper was published TxDOT called to straighten out the editor on part of the story, and last week’s edition included a correction to the article, explaining that the funding for rehabilitating the old Highway 90 truss bridge has not yet been approved.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, February 15, 2019 9:34 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 02/01/2019
Saturday is Marmota Monax Day
Updated: February 01, 2019 - 5:22 pm

For most of the county tomorrow is Groundhog Day, on which day tradition says the extent of winter can be predicted based on whether or not a groundhog sees his shadow.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, February 1, 2019 4:45 pm. Updated: 5:22 pm. Comments (0)

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Monday 01/21/2019
The Password Game
Posted: January 21, 2019

Bent on creating a central record of all my passwords, and finding one I have forgotten, I am going through every scrap of paper I’ve saved, looking for where I might have written down the passwords I now can’t remember.

Posted in Blogs on Monday, January 21, 2019 12:04 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 01/04/2019
You’d think eventually we’d learn
Posted: January 04, 2019

As the French say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, January 4, 2019 5:26 pm. Comments (0)

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Sunday 12/09/2018
Get an RSS reader
Updated: December 09, 2018 - 11:25 pm

If you are ready to ween yourself from Facebook and Twitter but would still like to keep up with local news and sports without having to repeatedly check websites, there is an app for that. In fact, there are many apps for that called RSS readers. 

Posted in Lifestyles, Blogs on Sunday, December 9, 2018 11:04 pm. Updated: 11:25 pm. Comments (0)

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Can the people still be trusted?
Updated: October 10, 2018 - 12:38 am

Every time I think about this I get a little angrier, almost too angry to write a rational commentary about it. There is no excuse for anyone to produce such nonsense, and I am ashamed to know people willing to spread this kind of deceit.

Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8:42 pm. Updated: 12:38 am. | Tags: Politics , Democracy , Lies , Anti-catholicism Comments (0)

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Thursday 10/04/2018
Editor’s Blog: There’s no such thing as ‘rodeo queening’
Posted: October 04, 2018

I say this every year, but I think it bears repeating — there is no such activity as “rodeo queening.” That’s not a thing. I don’t care how many people say it.

Posted in Blogs on Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:49 pm. Comments (0)

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Sunday 09/30/2018
Editor's Blog: Stress is not the problem
Updated: September 30, 2018 - 6:17 pm

Stress might be the most overused and misused word in the English language, and that stresses me.

Posted in Blogs on Sunday, September 30, 2018 5:41 pm. Updated: 6:17 pm. Comments (1)

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Sunday 09/16/2018
Editor’s Blog: Exfoliate is not a word
Updated: September 16, 2018 - 5:14 pm

Exfoliate is not a word. I do not care that it is in the dictionary and has been in use since the 17th century. It is still not a word.

Posted in Blogs on Sunday, September 16, 2018 7:30 am. Updated: 5:14 pm. Comments (0)

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Thursday 09/13/2018
Editor’s Blog: My obit
Updated: September 14, 2018 - 2:26 pm

Writing an obituary is a terrible thing to do. Loved ones are always at a loss for what to say. I do not care even a little bit about what is said of me after I’m gone. I barely care what is said about me now. But to make things easier for my survivors, and because I won’t be there to edit what they might write, I have written my own obituary, leaving only a few blanks for them to fill in:

Posted in Blogs on Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:19 pm. Updated: 2:26 pm. Comments (0)

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Sunday 09/09/2018
Editor’s Blog: Wingdings and Webdings and other useless things
Posted: September 09, 2018

You might remember that before emoji there were Wingdings. No one ever used Wingdings. They were fun for two or three days after we bought our first computers, but then we never used them again because the fun of them was not worth memorizing all the keystrokes.

Posted in Blogs on Sunday, September 9, 2018 4:58 pm. Comments (0)

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Monday 09/03/2018
Editor’s Blog: Thanks internet for a wasted Labor Day
Posted: September 03, 2018

Thanks Google, Facebook and Apple for wasting the better part of my Labor Day.

Posted in Blogs on Monday, September 3, 2018 5:09 pm. | Tags: Labor Day , Google , Macbook , Facebook Comments (0)

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Tuesday 07/31/2018
Editor's Blog: You'd think they'd tell me
Updated: July 31, 2018 - 10:02 pm

The Vindicator uses an outside service to host its website and maintain all of the articles, photos, and the e-editions available on it. The program that company provides is called BLOX CMS  

Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 10:01 pm. Updated: 10:02 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 07/20/2018
Editor’s Blog: Knock it off with the exclamation points
Posted: July 20, 2018

For whatever reason, people writing announcements for children’s events have an exaggerated fondness for exclamation points. They try to write their announcements in that same exuberant voice many adults use with children when trying to talk them into doing things the children do not want to do, like using the potty or eating beans.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, July 20, 2018 5:38 pm. | Tags: Punctuation , Exclamation , Exclamation Mark Comments (0)

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Tuesday 07/03/2018
Editor’s Blog: The first 4th
Posted: July 03, 2018

The first 4th of July celebration took place in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1776 when our founding fathers gathered together for a city-wide barbecue with music and fireworks. John Adams made a big speech that was a bit lengthy but well received with polite applause from the audience. Thomas Jefferson played his fiddle, but only a few folks got up and danced, the rest being too timid to join in.

Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:58 am. Comments (0)

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Monday 06/25/2018
Editor’s Blog: The Rotacidniv virus
Posted: June 25, 2018

There has reportedly been a small, localized outbreak of a rare minor illness caused by the spread of the Rotacidniv virus. While the related illness is minor, it can be serious in some cases, and it is chronic. There is neither a cure nor an effective treatment for it. 

Posted in Blogs on Monday, June 25, 2018 3:33 pm. Comments (0)

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Wednesday 06/20/2018
EDITOR’S BLOG: Looking at papers from the 1920s
Posted: June 20, 2018

Sometime last year, or the year before, I discovered the cartoon of a reporter in a very old edition of The Vindicator. I have since used a reproduction of the character a number of times, but I have lost the date of the edition in which he first appeared.

Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:50 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 06/15/2018
EDITOR’S BLOG: T.J., in a 100 years nothing has changed
Posted: June 15, 2018

The following editorial is found in the 1903 edition of The Vindicator:

Posted in Blogs on Friday, June 15, 2018 6:34 pm. Comments (0)

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Monday 06/11/2018
EDITOR’S BLOG: On giving directions
Posted: June 11, 2018

Here is a tip on writing directions that might make that one chore a little easier. 

Posted in Blogs on Monday, June 11, 2018 7:47 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 06/01/2018
EDITOR’S BLOG: How to get through college the hard way
Posted: June 01, 2018

Brought up when and where I was, it was shamefully easy to develop a reputation for being smart. 

Posted in Blogs on Friday, June 1, 2018 6:31 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 05/25/2018
Editor’s Blog: Take grandpa’s mug shot this weekend
Updated: May 25, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Many of you, whether you want to or not, will spend some part of this Memorial Day weekend with your families, and you will likely take a few photographs or pose for a few. Doing so presents an excellent opportunity to prepare yourselves for something that will be needed after any one of you croaks.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, May 25, 2018 4:31 pm. Updated: 7:00 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 05/18/2018
Editor’s Blog: To downtown Liberty, sorry about last night
Updated: May 19, 2018 - 5:14 pm

Mad about an annoying chore that took up too much of my time yesterday, and having chewed on it for too long last night, I was feeling a bit contrite this morning and wanted to revisit a subject I have written about before, mainly to remind myself that no matter how busy I can be some days or how tired I am when the day is done, I do not really work for a living. 

Posted in Blogs on Friday, May 18, 2018 8:15 pm. Updated: 5:14 pm. Comments (0)

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Thursday 05/03/2018
Editor’s Blog: World Press Freedom Day
Posted: May 03, 2018

Today, May 3, is World Press Freedom Day. So says UNESCO, and it is the 25th annual celebration of World Press Freedom Day.

Posted in Blogs on Thursday, May 3, 2018 4:26 pm. Comments (0)

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Monday 04/30/2018
Editor’s Blog: On control freaks
Updated: April 30, 2018 - 8:00 pm

Google “why are some people bossy” and most of the top results you get will take you to articles about controlling people and how to deal with them.

Posted in Blogs on Monday, April 30, 2018 7:40 pm. Updated: 8:00 pm. Comments (0)

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Wednesday 04/25/2018
Editor’s Blog: WorldFest Houston
Updated: April 25, 2018 - 7:56 pm

We went to press today, and not irritated enough with everything that involves, I have stayed late to catch up on my email.

Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:38 pm. Updated: 7:56 pm. Comments (0)

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Tuesday 04/24/2018
Editor’s Blog: Stop be going, just go
Posted: April 24, 2018

Your club will not “be meeting” next month. It might meet, but it will not “be meeting.”

Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:00 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 04/20/2018
Editor’s Blog: How to sell real estate
Posted: April 20, 2018

This is how to sell real estate. From a 1909 edition of the Houston Post here is an advertisement for farms and ranches in the Pecos Valley and Mont Clair: 

Posted in Blogs on Friday, April 20, 2018 8:21 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 04/13/2018
Editor’s Blog: Thomas Jefferson didn’t say that
Posted: April 13, 2018

This doesn’t happen very often, but today Thomas Jefferson is trending on Twitter.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, April 13, 2018 12:56 pm. Comments (0)

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Tuesday 04/03/2018
Editor’s Blog: We're all immigrants
Updated: April 03, 2018 - 9:32 pm

Attached is a little commentary in the form of a graphic. While the editor cannot imagine why anyone would disagree with its content, nevertheless, please understand that the opinion expressed by the attached graphic is that of the editor alone and should not be attributed to any other member of this newspaper’s staff or its company.

Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:32 pm. Updated: 9:32 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 03/30/2018
Editor’s Blog: Thinking hard about bubbles
Posted: March 30, 2018

This morning on the “Today Show” there was a brief segment on knuckle cracking. It must be a slow news day at NBC, but during the segment a popular myth was repeated about what makes the sound we hear when knuckles are cracked.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, March 30, 2018 1:54 pm. Comments (0)

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Monday 03/26/2018
Editor’s Blog: Capitol capitals
Posted: March 26, 2018

From the Governor's Press Office today I received a press release that included a couple of dozen randomly capitalized words.

Posted in Blogs on Monday, March 26, 2018 6:02 pm. Comments (0)

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Thursday 03/22/2018
Editor’s Blog: Too much happy for me
Posted: March 22, 2018

Some people like to say, “As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters.”

Posted in Blogs on Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:42 pm. Comments (0)

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Thursday 03/08/2018
Editor’s Blog: On paying our respects
Updated: March 10, 2018 - 7:39 pm

I attended a funeral this morning. I did not want to. No one ever wants to attend a funeral, but we go because we are expected to and know we should, and because we want to pay our respects, as they say.

Posted in Blogs on Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:21 pm. Updated: 7:39 pm. Comments (0)

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Wednesday 03/07/2018
Editor’s Blog: We were a squinty-eyed bunch
Posted: March 07, 2018

Future historians and anthropologists studying American youth of the mid-20th century might think from many of the photographs taken of us that we were all nearsighted, or maybe that we were surly and mad much of the time because in so many of those photos we were all squinting so very hard.

Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:34 pm. Comments (0)

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Thursday 02/22/2018
Editor’s Blog: Black History Month isn’t over yet
Posted: February 22, 2018

Running out of time to do any research for an article on Black History Month, today I tried to make use of a syndication service to which The Vindicator subscribes. It is where we get our crossword puzzles and stock photos, plus occasional recipes. The service offers articles on a variety of topics, but not this one.

Posted in Blogs on Thursday, February 22, 2018 7:19 pm. Comments (0)

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Tuesday 02/20/2018
Editor’s Blog: Nice work if you can get it
Posted: February 20, 2018

Have you ever noticed how everyone thinks he works hard? No matter what he does for a living, or how little of it he actually does, everyone thinks of himself as a hard worker. 

Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:28 pm. Comments (0)

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Saturday 02/17/2018
Editor's Blog: Batson’s post office
Updated: February 17, 2018 - 7:16 pm

I spent part of this afternoon wandering around Daisetta, Hull and Batson, looking to see how hurricane recovery has gone there, nearly half a year after the storm, and trying to see how many blue roofs could still be spotted.

Posted in Blogs on Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:11 pm. Updated: 7:16 pm. Comments (0)

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Monday 02/12/2018
Editor’s Blog: On the level about sideburns
Updated: February 12, 2018 - 6:09 pm

I will likely regret sharing this, but it is funny to me now, so I will go ahead with it.

Posted in Blogs on Monday, February 12, 2018 11:38 am. Updated: 6:09 pm. Comments (0)

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Friday 02/09/2018
Editor’s Blog: Derogatory Foods
Posted: February 09, 2018

The vast majority of comparisons between people and food are negative. No one likes to hear “You’re a fruit,” and certainly no one wants to be a vegetable. You do not want to be nuts, bananas, or crackers, or be treated like a piece of meat. You cannot trust anyone who is fishy, and no one likes a cold fish.

Posted in Blogs on Friday, February 9, 2018 5:11 pm. Comments (0)

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Editor’s Blog: Funny is always bad
Posted: February 07, 2018

Here’s something obvious that has to be pointed out to people:

Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:12 pm. Comments (0)

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Tuesday 02/06/2018
Editor’s Blog: The King and the Dog
Posted: February 06, 2018

This is an ancient story about the day a great king introduced himself to a dog, but the dog was unimpressed.

Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 5:49 pm. Comments (0)

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Monday 02/05/2018
Editor’s Blog: The day the house was gone
Posted: February 05, 2018

Some of you have heard this story before, but here it is again just because I have been thinking about my dad and feel like telling it. 

Posted in Blogs on Monday, February 5, 2018 3:47 pm. Comments (0)

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It’s ‘National Weatherperson’s Day’ and ‘Chocolate Fondue Day’
Posted: February 05, 2018

Today, Feb. 5, is “National Weatherperson’s Day,” according to the National Day Calendar website.

Posted in Blogs on Monday, February 5, 2018 12:57 pm. Comments (0)

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